Georgia Natural Gas Competition

Georgia natural gas competition allows consumers to choose their natural gas supplier in a competitive landscape. In Georgia, natural gas marketers compete to win-over customers with low rates, billing options, service quality, and more. In 1997, the General Assembly adopted a new regulatory model for local natural gas distribution companies that created an open marketplace for natural gas marketers to offer services to Georgia consumers.

Natural Gas competition in Georgia is like energy deregulation in other states where consumers can choose their natural gas and/or their electricity supplier. Since natural gas and electricity are commodities with constantly changing prices, deregulation (or competition) results in lower prices and more options for the consumer.

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Senate Bill 215, The Natural Gas Competition and Deregulation Act of 1997

The Georgia Natural Gas Competition and Deregulation Act was intended to promote competition, protect the consumer through the transition, ensure safe and reliable service, and remove monopolies to offer the best natural gas landscape for its consumers. The Act was amended in 1999 with House Bill 822, to address customer assignment. In 2001, the Act was amended with Senate Bill 217 to resolve pricing, billing, meter reading, and other consumer issues.

House Bill 1568, Natural Gas Consumers’ Relief Act

The General Assembly passed the Consumer’s Relief Act set forth a Consumer Bill of Rights to designate a regulated provider for low-income and high-risk customers.

Natural gas and electricity are typically billed after the customer has consumed it because energy demand can change each month (or billing period). Energy is unlike your cable or cell phone bill which is billed for the month before services are even used. Depending on the payment terms, energy companies wait one to three months to receive payment for the energy supplied. This means that energy companies will take more precautions than some companies to minimize their risk. Natural gas marketers can do this by setting credit requirements and/or deposits.

Since natural gas is a necessary commodity for Georgia customers, there had to be a natural gas company to supply the high-risk, low-credit customers other companies wouldn’t qualify or charged too much to start service. The Natural Gas Consumer’s Relief Act did that by designating a Provider of Last Resort (POLR) that cannot deny any customer for natural gas service.

Georgia Natural Gas Competition Begins

Shortly after the Natural Gas Competition and Deregulation Act was passed, Atlanta Gas Light (AGLC) elected to open its service areas to competition. Atlanta Gas Light is the largest natural gas utility in Georgia which has the state’s biggest number of natural gas consumers. The Gerogia Public Service Commission approved the AGLC territory to open for competition on June 30, 1998. Natural gas marketers were soon able to enroll natural gas customers in the Atlanta Gas Light market.

Natural Gas Competition in Georgia- Marketer Certification

Shortly after the Natural Gas Competition and Deregulation Act was passed, Atlanta Gas Light (AGLC) elected to open its service areas to competition. Atlanta Gas Light is the largest natural gas utility in Georgia which has the state’s biggest number of natural gas consumers. The Gerogia Public Service Commission approved the AGLC territory to open for competition on June 30, 1998. Natural gas marketers were soon able to enroll natural gas customers in the Atlanta Gas Light market.

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2018-03-27T16:51:55+00:00March 27th, 2018|Energy Choice, Natural Gas, Policy, Regulatory & Legal|0 Comments

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